Prince George’s County sees homicide spike in August.

…Residents hold families, communities accountable.

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The all powerful current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter. He makes promises he cannot keep and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. (Read more Major scandal Developing in Upper Marlboro). On this note, Mr. Baker needs to take responsibility and resign! It’s time for a change.

During the first two weeks of August, Prince George’s County’s homicide rate matched that of June and July combined, which has some residents calling for more investment in families and neighborhoods.

Five incidents — including a double homicide — took place primarily in the southern portion of the county this month, including attacks in the cities of Oxon Hill, Suitland and Landover.

Ron Balfour, 63, of Suitland said he is a former neighborhood watch member and was concerned to hear of the Aug. 10 shooting of a Suitland woman.

“Any incident that happens like that in your community, you always have concerns. [Crime] will go down, then all of a sudden you have a spike,” he said. “They always recommend more policing, more security, but all that costs money.”

Balfour said there is only so much law enforcement officers can do to promote safety if family members and neighbors are not taking responsibility for each other.

“Everything has to start from home. Parents have to pay more attention to their children,” he said. “The police are there to serve and protect, but if it’s not monitored from home, if you don’t have any place for these young men and women to go, that’s another thing that’s not helping.” >>>>Read more the Gazette.

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